Man handed 10 year animal ban after dog left with worst skin condition RSPCA inspector had seen

A Stoke-on-Trent man has been banned from keeping animals for ten years, after his dog was left with an untreated skin condition.

The RSPCA say Staffordshire bull terrier Daisy was left suffering for months, and lost most of her fur.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard how her owner had failed to get her checked over by a vet for months.

49-year-old Daniel Tomlinson, of Lowther Street, pleaded guilty to an offence of causing unnecessary suffering on 15 July.

In mitigation, he said he was struggling financially at the time.

The court was told the RSPCA were called to investigate by police who had attended the address on an unrelated matter. 

Inspector Charlotte Melvin was sent to the address.

She said: “Poor Daisy was covered in blood on her skin where she had been constantly scratching to try and relieve her itchy skin complaint. 

“Her skin was sore and inflamed and she had very little fur. 

“It was the worst skin complaint I have seen on a dog during my 6 years as an RSPCA inspector.

“It was obvious she was in a suffering state and had been for months. 

“Tomlinson said he had taken her for veterinary treatment previously but never went back for a follow-up appointment with the PDSA so she was left in this awful condition.

“When I first saw her she was miserable and quiet but am pleased to say in our care she is doing really well. Her fur has grown back and she looks like a different dog - she looks so happy and healthy.

“There is never any excuse not to seek veterinary care for a pet and there a number of animal charities who will offer help and advice to anyone in need.” 

As well as the ban on keeping animals, Tomlinson was also given a 14-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £400 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Daisy has been recovering well in RSPCA care and will be available for re-homing soon.

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